Needle Felted catnip toy, DIY, Christmas tree ornament Tutorial, Pattern, Instructions with pictures, felting tutorial


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Laura had a friend once that said that all cats fell into three categories: String kitties, ball kitties, and catnip kitties... This toy has all three!

This tutorial will walk you, step by step, through the process of making your own needle felted, holiday/Christmas ornament catnip, cat toy! The instructions are for the blue / star toy, but can be adapted to make the others shown. *Please understand that this listing is for the instructions to to make your own cat toy, not the actual toy :D

If you would prefer a finished ornament, they are here:

You will need:
- dried catnip
- core wool
- finish wool in desired colors
- 2 needle felting needles and/or tools
- satin cord
- foam pad
- large eye yarn needle
- scissors

btw, if you need these items too, we will, very soon, make the kit available!

** not recommended for small children.

© Wildethyme Art, November, 2013. No part of these instructions may be copied or distributed without permission of WA with or without due credit listed. For individual use only: Works may not be produced for resale without proper credit and link to this listing. Please and thank you :)

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Returns & Exchanges

I gladly accept returns and exchanges

Just contact me within: 14 days of delivery

Ship items back to me within: 30 days of delivery

I don't accept cancellations

But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.

The following items can't be returned or exchanged

Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:

  • Custom or personalized orders
  • Perishable products (like food or flowers)
  • Digital downloads
  • Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)

Conditions of return

Buyers are responsible for return shipping costs. If the item is not returned in its original condition, the buyer is responsible for any loss in value.

Frequently Asked Questions

Wholesale availability

We have a handful of wholesale accounts, but at this time, we are not looking for more. We thank you for your interest :)

Custom and personalized orders

The ability to customize, personalize orders is the number one reason we work mostly on a "made to order" basis. We want you to have everything just as you need/want it! We understand that this makes our shipping times slower, but we hope you will agree that we are worth the wait :)

Does your roving come in one, continuous piece?

Not always. Let us know if this is important, and we will make it happen.

Why is the shipping so high? Can you fix it?

It's a long, convoluted answer having to do with the fact that we offer variations of weight in our batts and other items. We pay the extra shipping on larger batts, but we have no way of setting the shipping lower on the sample sizes, so we have to meet somewhere in the middle --which is often WAY too much if you are ordering a quantity of sample batts.

And yes. We can fix it, just message us. Or.. check out and leave us a note reminding us to refund your excess shipping. Either way, we understand. We hate overpaying for shipping too :D

You forgot my felting needles. Will you send them?

If we forgot them, of course we will :D

But first... take a peek on the side of the foam. 99.99% of the time, they are there, just overlooked.

Why does it take 10-14 days to mail a batt?

We dye a very large proportion (60-75%!!) of our wool, Firestar and Silk. We're really proud of the number of colors we offer-- and we only have plans to do more. We do this because it the work we love to do, it's one of many things that we think make our work worthwhile, special. Additionally, we do not want our batts sitting in inventory, compacting from lack of use. And then... what if you want to customize the batt? We do that too :D

We make our batts to order because we make them for you— and we make a LOT of them, so there is usually a line when you order as well. We think they are worth the wait and hope that you will too. Naturally, if you need something faster, let us know. We work magic, that's what we do :D

Reviews (3)


My cats will be happy this Christmas with their handmade gifts! Thanks!

Again, pleased with the quality of items and quick delivery.

I've been wanting to learn to make cat toys for a while so I'm very excited! :) YAY! Was also thrilled when Laura offered me a little something extra as a surprise! ;) We're both cat lovers!